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UK fans explain why Kentucky football season tickets are down

Earlier today it was announced that the UK football season ticket count is down 10 percent from this time last season. Jen Smith of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that UK has sold around 28,000 season tickets, which is down from last July’s 32,000 total.

Drew Franklin touched on this earlier today on KSR, but I found some of the responses on Twitter to be fascinating. I agree with Drew, UK fans (if they can afford it) should be lining up to buy tickets. It’s a tough home schedule, but it features plenty of winnable games. UK will be returning 17 starters off a team that won seven games and should have won more. Terry Touchdown is an electric athlete that will be a capable quarterback and Benny Snell may be the best running back in Kentucky football history.

I’d buy tickets if I weren’t a media member, but some UK fans made some GREAT points on why they’re not buying tickets, and maybe Kentucky will do something about it.

Here are concerns from Kentucky fans:

Some Kentucky fans were a bit more optimistic:

You know one thing that I know would help? Sell beer. Many fans brought up the fact that watching at home is more convenient, and that will be true for some regardless of available concessions and drinks, but when you’re asking for such a financial commitment from fans you may as well cater to their food and beverage needs.

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Article written by TJ Walker

24 Comments for UK fans explain why Kentucky football season tickets are down

  1. Sergeant
    10:18 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    Free nachos with cheese. All better.

  2. UKFootballYall
    10:35 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    With all the money spent on the renovation to the stadium they forgot about the most important part – everything outside of the stadium. The tailgating scene is inferior to the rest of the SEC. Tear up one of the parking lots and build an iconic tailgating area for both season ticket holders and students. Ever been to the Grove, North Campus, or Toomers Corner? Let’s bring some damn tradition to Commonwealth Stadium!

  3. StuckinLville
    10:49 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    It’s the prices and 9 out of 10 people will say the same thing. In 03, the big florida/uk bball game at Rupp, lower level was 22 and upper was 17. If I went to that same caliber of game at home now, I would be shelling out 150 for a lower level ticket. This is just absolutely absurd. They want people to come to the games, but forget they aren’t making it easy for most die hard fans to attend so we just watch the games at home instead. Same applies to football. Way too expensive for how many seats there are. It’s simple. Lower your ticket prices and I guarantee you will see an increase in sales whether or not the football team is good After the hype and disappointment last year fans may be reluctant, but with cheaper tickets I still bet people would fill the seats. With that said, I really feel like this football team will be much improved. Lots of SEC caliber and lots of depth and experience. I’m a Stoops fan, but if we have another 7-5 season he needs to be on his way out the door. Last year was gift wrapped and we should have been 9-3. No excuses this year.

    • satcheluk
      6:52 pm July 10, 2018 Permalink

      7-5 and show him the door? That’s idiotic. You’re fan card is revoked for one year!

  4. G_Money
    11:04 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    The most obvious two four-letter words – SELL BEER

    • Biglaw Dawgin'
      10:38 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

      That’s an SEC rule, not just UK. Definitely wouldn’t hurt though.

  5. goose2
    11:14 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    Ive been attending football games since the 1970s. UK had had many bad teams in that time, but still sold out many home games. Dont give me that bs about a crappy 7-5 teams. The simple reason UK cant sell more season tickets is due to the high prices and you can see all games live on TV. ITS JUST THAT SIMPLE.

  6. Leander Wapshot
    11:46 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a poor state getting poorer.

  7. rdcore2
    11:59 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    For premium prices – Our product is garbage compared to the rest of the SEC. 7-5 is considered the worst way teams like South Carolina can finish. Think about that, a team like South Carolina with no actual football history in terms of legacy winning seasons and yet they still manage to put together 10 win teams. The fans are tired and demand more.

    The prices are not justified when you’ve stripped the tailgate element as well. One of the main things that embodies the SEC is tailgating and UK has completely slapped that ideal in the face. As a household of above 300k annually, I wouldn’t justify putting my money towards a product that can’t give me more than average bowls, no tailgating element whatsoever, and consistently makes poor decisions in the Football aspect.

    • satcheluk
      6:53 pm July 10, 2018 Permalink

      We’ve beaten USC 4 years in a row. You’re a moron.

  8. secklar4
    12:02 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

    I love the atmosphere of being at the stadium for a big game but there aren’t enough of them to justify donating to the k fund for a good seat to watch them play struggle against 3 teams we should dominate every season. I’d rather watch at home then sit in the cheap seats.

    • mashburnfan1
      12:38 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

      I agree on the K fund making the prices too high. I really don’t think the season ticket price is bad but add in $100-more K fund charge, per seat, and I can see the cost blocking some out. I was in section 211 last few years, first row, and it has no K fund charge. The view is good, the ushers are awesome fans as well, but there is no seat back. If you want a decent view at decent price I gave mine up and went to section 203 1st row {well it is row 2 but the first row and only had $100 K fund} just because the kid can see the team entrance better and he loves Wildcat doing the score push ups so we will be close to that. We drive 3.5 hours each way for games but make a weekend trip of it, have Bengals tix as well and sometimes we can catch them at home on the trip back Sunday {this year there are 0 Bengals home games after a UK home game so we will hit Newport Aquarium or Reds game in Sept.} I guess it is all about what entertainment you want to spend your money on, we love the trip and the UK games despite the frustration we often get from the performance. Would love to hook up with a tailgate group prior to games, hard for me to bring items driving that far but will be happy to contibute some money to join you guys prior to games and watch tv and eat. Kis is 11 so would prefer a group with kids in that same age range for him to play with, bag toss, throw footballs etc.

  9. TBW3011
    7:11 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

    Hope you’re right about Terry Touchdown, but you’re making some major assumptions. The first being that he even starts.

  10. Le Docteur
    7:56 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

    The 2017 federal tax law, passed in December, made contributions to the Blue-White fund not deductible at all. In fact, what was appealing about “luxury boxes” for many companies was that they could be used to entertain clients/customers and the cost of the entertainment, including the food, was deductible. The new tax law eliminated that deduction. Call it Trump’s revenge against the NFL. Most contracts for those luxury boxes are long-term but watch when they come up for renewal; the prices will go way down or they will sit empty. 10% seems to be a pretty fair number to me for the people who (a) realized the law changed in this significant way and (b) decided that without the deduction, the prices were stupid high for the quality of the product on the field.

  11. rfulcher
    8:42 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

    I believe that one of the most significant issues is the lack of tailgating that is available to people who don’t have a parking pass. I have season tickets and live in Pennsylvania and don’t have a parking pass, and it has been hard to get one. So actually finding a way to tailgate is very difficult and frankly sucks. We also go to Penn State games, and it is super easy to park and have a great time tailgating. That is something that hurts Kentucky. I am sure ticket prices are an issue as well but if people can be there, have a great time tailgating I think they can get over the ticket price.

  12. Cmart0907
    9:05 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

    Still can’t cover receivers. I don’t understand why they don’t change their defense. I mean this is every year. DB’s are all out of position and place. Gotta be the coaching.

  13. Headhurts
    9:07 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

    Sell beer, improve tailgating,

  14. classof68
    9:52 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

    UK has a long tradition of not really giving a crap about football and it is across the board. From AD’s to the ticket office. The AD’s really never have been students of the game. The fans are not looked at as customers, but suckers. I had season tickets from the ’70’s thru the ’90’s. NEVER, did my seating improve from one year to the next. You would think a little loyalty would be rewarded. Not so when it comes to UK football. I had better seats when I was a student and didn’t have to pay anything. Hell, we never play anyone interesting outside of the SEC. I see why we don’t – we would never have a winning season. I don’t buy the crap that we can’t get a good coach. That’s what many were saying about basketball while Tubby near the end. Stoops is decent coach, but he’s not close to being an excellent coach.

    • satcheluk
      6:57 pm July 10, 2018 Permalink

      We play Louisville every year. They are in the ACC and are perineally in the top 20. You’re fan card is revoked for moronic comment.

  15. kjd
    11:11 am July 10, 2018 Permalink

    We’re not an exciting team to watch.
    We don’t hang a bunch of points on lesser teams.
    The team has been overhyped and has under delivered.

  16. BluKudzu
    12:07 pm July 10, 2018 Permalink

    I am very surprised it is ONLY 10%.

  17. sprtphan
    12:28 pm July 10, 2018 Permalink

    Have had season tix since 1986. Still can’t believe we have no WiFi not to mention lousy sound system.

    • satcheluk
      6:58 pm July 10, 2018 Permalink

      Totally agree. This should be easily fixable.

  18. ukkatzfan
    1:12 pm July 10, 2018 Permalink

    When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.